Patented Kuranda Dog Beds
 We have chosen Kuranda dog beds for our boarding facilities because they are so good for our dogs. We still don't have enough for all of our kennels. If you would like to donate a bed so another dog can sleep in proper comfort,
click here.

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About Us...

Borders w/o Boundaries works with the local Valentine Police Dept. regarding the complete vet care and placement of the dogs which are taken to the local City Pound, as well as taking in and helping other dogs in need. Our goal is to find the best home for these deserving canines.

BWBR is a Nebraska incorporated, 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization. We are an ALL Volunteer Rescue and rely solely on the kindness of donations in order to continue providing a positive community service.

Our Mission Statement:
Borders Without Boundaries was founded to provide a positive atmosphere in which to alleviate the physical and emotional suffering of abandoned, abused and unwanted canines. Each canine receives complete vet care, and is placed in a healing home environment until they are ready to live in their new lifetime home. Our commitment to those in need extends also to outreach education for established pet owners as well as prospective new pet owners. Education and awareness are foundations which will help ensure a lifetime of caring commitment for every companion canine.

Borders without Boundaries Rescue FAQ

Thank you for interest in adopting a BWB Rescue dog!
Please email us at with any questions.

Most rescue dogs need time to transition and heal emotionally. Please make sure that you really want to add a dog to your family and that you have the time and patience to make this long-term commitment. If you are not sure, please wait until your circumstances change. If you are sure, please continue with the next step of finding your next best friend.


Before Applying:

What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet


It can happen to the best of us. You see a cute, tiger-striped kitten with white paws and green eyes, just begging for attention. Or maybe it's a gorgeous Labrador mix whose tails seems to be wagging just for you. You take one look, and the next thing you know, you're walking down the pet food aisle at the supermarket.

If you're like most of us, falling in love with a pet is easy. And no wonder! Sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. Dogs, cats, and other pets give us unconditional loyalty and acceptance, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day's work.

Adopting a pet, though, is a big decision. Dogs and cats require lots of time, money, and commitment—over 15 years' worth in many cases. Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt a companion.

Things to Consider

The fact that you're thinking about adopting from an animal shelter means you're a responsible and caring person. But before you make that decision to bring a furry friend into your life, take a moment to think over these questions:

·         Why do you want a pet? It's amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question before they get a pet. Adopting a pet just because it's "the thing to do" or because the kids have been pining for a puppy usually ends up being a big mistake. Don't forget that pets may be with you 10, 15, even 20 years.

·         Do you have time for a pet? Dogs, cats, and other animal companions cannot be ignored just because you're tired or busy. They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in the shelter are there because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to care for them.

·         Can you afford a pet? The costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter, and other expenses add up quickly.

·         Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a pet can cause? Flea infestations, scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals who aren't yet housetrained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.

·         Can you have a pet where you live? Many rental communities don't allow pets, and most of the rest have restrictions. Make sure you know what they are before you bring a companion animal home.

·         Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? If you have kids under six years old, for instance, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a companion. Pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible. If you're a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, waiting until you settle down is wise.

·         Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? Animal size is not the only variable to think about here. For example, some small dogs such as terriers are very active—they require a great deal of exercise to be calm, and they often bark at any noise. On the other hand, some big dogs are laid back and quite content to lie on a couch all day. Before adopting a pet, do some research. That way, you'll ensure you choose an animal who will fit into your lifestyle and your living arrangements.

·         Do you know who will care for your pet while you're away on vacation? You'll need either reliable friends and neighbors or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.

·         Will you be a responsible pet owner? Having your pet spayed or neutered, obeying community leash and licensing laws, and keeping identification tags on your pets are all part of being a responsible owner. Of course, giving your pet love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care are other essentials.

·         Finally, are you prepared to keep and care for the pet for his or her entire lifetime? When you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her lifetime.

Get an Animal for Life

Sure, it's a long list of questions. But a quick stroll through an animal shelter will help you understand why answering them before you adopt is so important.

Many of the shelter's homeless animals are puppies and kittens, victims of irresponsible people who allowed their pets to breed. But there are at least as many dogs and cats at the shelter who are more than a year old—animals who were obtained by people who didn't think through the responsibilities of pet ownership before they got the animal.

Please, don't make the same mistake. Think before you adopt. Sharing your life with a companion animal can bring incredible rewards, but only if you're willing to make the necessary commitments of time, money, responsibility, and love—for the life of the pet.


·         Are all household members in agreement about adopting a dog and willing to be present for a home visit?

·         Are your current pets neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and current on heartworm preventative where appropriate?

·         Are you ready to adopt within the next few weeks? Are you willing to travel to Valentine, NE. to pick up your dog if you are approved?

·         Are you completely committed to working through any behavioral issues your dog may have including housebreaking, chewing, barking, digging, etc?

·         Are you willing to go through each step in the adoption process, as follows:

Adoption Process
All of these steps must be completed prior to adoption

  1. Reference checking. Please contact your veterinarian and personal references to let them know we will be calling and to release information to us.  Also, please be sure to list accurate telephone numbers of your references.
  2. Pre-Adoption Home Visit.  This home visit provides us an opportunity to get to know you and for you to get to know more about us and the rescue dog you are interested in adopting. 
  3. An adoption contract and non-refundable Adoption Fee is due at the time of adoption. (The only exception to our refund policy is if the dog has a life threatening illness, which was unknown to us and present at the time of adoption and you choose to surrender/return the dog to BWBR.) 

Adoptions include the following:

  • Spayed or neutered prior to adoption
  • Evaluated for temperament and trainability
  • Up-to-date on ALL shots
  • Heartworm tested and on preventative during the season, as well as frontline treated
  • Given a dental check and cleaning if necessary
  • Groomed and treated for any necessary medical conditions.


 We will consider long distance adoptions, as long as a home visit can be completed
Approved adopter must be willing to travel to Valentine, NE to pick up their new family member.
We will help with transport when possible.


 We do NOT ship dogs by air.

 We do require a fence; however, exceptions to this will depend on our assessment. We do not approve the use of invisible fencing.  We expect that our dogs will be part of a family, not housed outside in a kennel or chained. Applicants should understand that we expect these dogs to be treated as members of your family.

 The foster dogs are not available to be seen until AFTER an adoption application is completed. (Unless prior arrangements are approved by BWBR.) Please understand that we are trying to find a responsible, loving and stable home for our very special rescue dogs that have lost their homes for reasons outside their control. For this reason the application process must be very thorough. We strive to place our rescued dogs in homes that will provide a Lifetime home. We do not want to put any dog through the adoption process more than once.

 Please Note:  During the adoption process we review applications, conduct telephone interviews, call references, and conduct home visits. Our ultimate goal is to place each pet in our care into a home best matching the lifestyle and environment that individual pet requires. Maintaining this attention to detail is one reason why our placement success ratio to date is 100%. We want to make sure that the match is there and once the dog gets adopted this will be without a doubt its lifetime family. BWBR does not have a facility and relies solely on the kindness of volunteers to foster our dogs. Each of these volunteers leads a busy life with their own family and their own pets to care for in addition to the volunteer work they do for us.
Consequently, we will make arrangements for you to meet the pets in foster care after the adoption application has been completed.

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